The nonprofit Foothills Film Society, dedicated to bringing the art of film to the sparsely cinema'd north Valley, screens Soulmates, an award-winning indie from writer-director Duane Clark (son of Dick), at 7 p.m. Monday, April 13, at the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 North 60th Street in Cave Creek. The story of the friendship between an aging jazz musician and a young composer, the film has won awards at eight film festivals, including English-language audience favorite at the 1997 Palm Springs Film Festival. A discussion follows with director Clark and familiar character actor Bill Cobbs. Tickets, available in advance or at the door, are $6. 488-1090.
Leggy Jasmine Guy stars in the classic musical satire named for the Hog Butcher to the World: Chicago. In this stage adaptation of the 1942 Ginger Rogers movie Roxie Hart, Guy plays Velma Kelly, rival turned pal of the heroine (Charlotte d'Ambroise), and Brent Barrett plays her slick lawyer Billy Flynn. The Kander and Ebb numbers include "All That Jazz," "Razzle Dazzle" and "Mr. Cellophane." Opening performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 14; and the same time Wednesday, April 15, at Gammage Auditorium, Mill and Apache in Tempe. Tickets range from $33 to $47. The run continues through Sunday, April 19. 965-3434 (Gammage), 503-5555 (Dillard's).
A couple of sweet, kindly old ladies take in gentlemen who are alone in the world, and, to spare them further earthly loneliness, serve them elderberry wine laced with poison. This macabre scenario is the premise not of some Hitchcock thriller but of one of the most durable comedies of the American theater--Joseph Kesselring's Arsenic and Old Lace, a 1941 chestnut which surely must have graced 90 percent of the country's high school stages. The show opens with a special benefit preview at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, at John Paul Theatre on the Phoenix College campus, 1202 West Thomas; admission is canned food for the Joshua Tree Feeding Program. The run proper commences at the same time Thursday, April 16, and continues through Saturday, April 25. Regular tickets are $8, $6 for seniors and $4 for students. 285-7300.